Study While You Work at Bluestone

Amy McGarry is one of three employees at Bluestone Leasing undertaking an apprenticeship with Damar Training.

Having just completed her level three BTec diploma in business administration Amy took some time out of her work and studies to tell us about her course and why she chose to study alongside working.

Amy McGarry

“I made the decision to move onto level three of my apprenticeship shortly after completing level two, having enjoyed the modules I completed in levels one and two and seeing how they improved my work on a day to day basis it seemed like the perfect way to continue my progression at Bluestone Leasing.”

“This course involved 13 modules made up of four written exams and nine pieces of coursework as well as on the job observations and discussions between course tutors and my colleagues here at Bluestone. I was also required to create a portfolio of work undertaken in the office with annotations on the changes I made to processes and documents based on my learnings.

The course has focused my mind on best practices, task management and prioritising my workload. I have found that my confidence has increased as I have completed my level three studies which has allowed me to speak up more and put my opinions forwards, which is something I wouldn’t have felt comfortable doing in the past.

One task that particularly helped with my confidence was presenting to my colleagues and delegates; I was asked to deliver a presentation around the modules I was studying and the changes I have and would like to make to certain processes at Bluestone Leasing. As the topic was something I was comfortable and confident talking about it took the initial nerves away and allowed me to focus on my delivery rather than the content of my presentation.

Standing up and presenting in front of people was a big hurdle for me to overcome and since completing the task this is something I would be comfortable doing again, both in one on one situations and in larger groups.

The apprenticeship has led to me having increased responsibility at work with my role having progressed through three different phases as my knowledge has increased. With my level three modules completed I am now managing the running of our brand new office building in Wakefield, looking after everything from stock management, alarm system maintenance and contractor hire. This has again given me a huge boost in confidence as knowing that Bluestone Leasing has so much faith in me gives me the confidence to excel in this new role with the aim of progressing my career here and taking on more and more responsibilities with every passing month”

 

The Bluestone 20th Birthday Party (part one)

On Thursday August 4th Bluestone Leasing held the first of their two summer parties, celebrating 20 years in business with our northern based customers, partners and banks.

The party was held in the fantastic venue of Crafthouse bar, based in Trinity Leeds, and the stunning views across the city made for the ideal backdrop for our celebration.

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 The guests were entertained with beautiful cocktail jazz music by The Vernon Sisters and magician Andy kept everybody guessing with his quick card tricks. There was also a cocktail station with in-house mixologist Tom showing the guests how to mix the perfect gin and vodka cocktails.

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The food came in the form of stunning canapés and mini dishes provided by the chefs at Crafthouse, the mini fish and chips was a particularly nice touch to give the food a Yorkshire feel.

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A huge thank you to all the guests that joined us on the day and a special thank you to Investec, PEAC, Close Brothers and Aldermore for sponsoring the party.

If you missed out on this party and would like details of our second party later this summer please get in touch with Stef on info@bluestoneleasing.com.

Spread The Cost Of Your VAT & Corporation Tax Bill

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Do you struggle with the burden of paying your VAT and corporation tax bill?

In the last two years alone businesses in the UK have paid over £43 billion to the government in VAT and corporation tax payments.

Receiving a large VAT bill at the end of each quarter or corporation tax bill at the end each year can put a huge strain on your company cash flow, especially if you are paying tax on work that is invoiced but yet to be paid.

Using a VAT and Corporation Tax loan allows you to spread the cost of these bills over a period to suit you and helps you with budgeting for the full year.

Get in touch today to discuss, with your dedicated account manager, how Bluestone Leasing can help ease the burden of tax bills and allow you to retain capital.

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Introducing Our Latest Recruits

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Bluestone Leasing getting our five newest members of staff settled in and up to speed with everything we offer.

Here’s a little bit about each of them:

Caroline Ford

Caroline Ford

Caroline, aka Caz, Caro or Fordie, so take your pick

I have been in sales for 9 years, my previous job was selling currency and passports to Governors and Finance Ministers throughout Africa and Asia and occasionally the Caribbean so I have been lucky enough to see a lot of the world.

I have really enjoyed my first two weeks, and the investment the company has put into me and the support the rest of the business has given me only makes me want to succeed tenfold. It feels like a family at Bluestone and everyone always has each others back which is very important to me.

I lived in Australia for 2 years, in Broome, at 25 where I pretty much took it easy, getting drunk, waking up on the beach and having a crazy life. During this time, I trained to be a personal trainer and Body Combat instructor which I still do in the evenings when I am home which I really need to keep up as I am a massive foodie.

My hobbies are going to the opera/ballet/classical concerts as my degree is in Music, French and Italian but my favourite bands are ACDC and Audioslave. I am also big on trekking and raising money for charity – In 2009 I did Machu Pichu and in 2012 I trekked to the base camp of Everest raising money for Breast and Prostate Cancer. It was very tough but I would love to do it again. Travelling gives me a great sense of cultural understanding and there’s just so much to see and learn.

Erica Dickens

Erica Dickens

Hello. My name is Erica Dickens and I am going to be working in the finance team as a Management Accountant.

Previously I have work at Locarla Community Partnerships, they provide services for the NHS. I have also worked for JD Sports and Yorkshire Post Newspapers. 

My initial thoughts on Bluestone  are very positive, I feel there is a wealth of knowledge and experience here which I am looking forward to learning from. 

I got married in Vegas 13 years ago and spend most my weekends doing fun stuff with my two children.

Georgie Leah Deeprose

Georgie Leah Deeprose

I previously worked at an accountancy firm called Cameron Alexander Accountants in Barnsley, which was my first job after leaving school.

My role here is as a Trainee Accounts Junior.

My initial thoughts of Bluestone are really positive, everyone is really friendly and helpful which has helped me settle in quickly. 

I like to go swimming and socialising with friends and family.

I used to do Irish Dancing which I regret giving up as I have now forgotten all my dances!

Louis Taylor

Louis Taylor

I previously worked for a company called Direct Work Force, they’re a recruitment agency specialising in the industrial and driving sectors. I was the branch business development executive meaning that all new client wins and new business was my responsibility. Due to the high amount of competition in industrial recruitment, I spent a lot of my time knocking on doors and trying to get in front of a decision maker which resulted in some interesting responses!

My initial thoughts of Bluestone couldn’t be more positive, everyone is extremely helpful and supportive which has really helped me settle in. I have never worked for a company where everybody is so close including the directors. I think it’s brilliant.

My role as a BRE is to win new business! Supporting the General Assets Division and expanding the team which I am really look forward to. Right now I am concentrating on learning my role inside out and starting to win some new business.

My hobbies are pretty normal – I go to the gym 5 times a week and socialise with my mates as regularly as possible. Another hobby of mine is tattoos although having a girlfriend who is a tattoo artist keeps that affordable!

Andrew Plues

Andrew Plues

Andy or Andrew, dependant on the formality.

I have worked in insurance and most recently the recruitment industry, where I have learnt a great deal of transferable skills.

I am married and have a 4-year-old son called Jack who is the apple of my eye! My family is extremely important to me and is my motivation to succeed.

I have a wide variety of hobbies, martial arts being my main passion outside of being a father. I have trained since I was 7 years old, hold a 1st degree black belt in Karate and now train in mixed martial arts in which I have just achieved my Orange belt (3 grades above beginner). I also have a passion for a wide range of music and watch motorcycle racing as often as time allows. My favourite rider would be the legend that is Valentino Rossi.

My first impressions of bluestone are great, all the staff are professional and knowledgeable whilst also being friendly and willing to help when they can. I like the fact that nobody is just a number and everybody is known by name.

I don’t have many dislikes, although fake people bug me.

I love speaking to different types of people and building rapport and I am very excited about getting into my role at Bluestone Leasing.


If you have any questions for our new starters they would love to hear from you, give them a call on 01924 248800 or email info@bluestoneleasing.com.

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